spelling and grammar checkers
Components of word-processing programs for personal computers that identify apparent misspellings and grammatical errors by reference to an incorporated dictionary and a list of rules for proper usage. Spelling checkers cannot identify spelling errors that result in another legitimate word (e.g., form typed for from) and are hard to use on documents that contain numerous words (e.g., foreign terms) not entered in the incorporated dictionary. Grammar checkerswhich also generally check punctuation, sentence length, and other aspects of stylehave been criticized for their reliance on oversimplified rules.
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